The Bills chose to essentially defer 7 out of the 10 million dollars that Ryan Fitzpatrick will count against the cap to next year, allowing them to use that money this season and increasing their cap room to approximately 26 million dollars. This could be simply because the cap will increase next year (as it does annually) and they figure with that increase and some roster moves they can essentially negate Fitzpatricks hit next season. The impression I got, however, is that the Bills want to have the space to make some significant moves this week.
The Eagle released their big name free agent CB they signed just two years ago as he was due 15M this season and has struggled to perform in the Eagles zone coverage based defensive scheme. The Eagle will still owe Nnamdi 4.5M this season regardless of whether or not he signs with another team. At 31 years old, the CB two years removed from being mentioned along side Revis as the best in the game still has plenty to offer.
Would he be a good fit for the Bills? I think it's close to a perfect match for the 31 year old veteran.
1) In Mike Pettine's defense the Bills need a CB opposite of GIlmore who can play press man coverage and be ocassionally left on an island with an opposing WR. Nnamdi was out of place playing primarily zone coverage with the Eagles, but excelled under Rob Ryan in Oakland playing in a very similar scheme to what Pettine will run in Buffalo. In Philly he was also asked to play both sides of the field, while in Oakland he was lined up on the left side regardless of offensive alignment an essentially charged with shutting down the outside most WR on that side of the field. Coincidentally, Gilmore was charged with similar duties while lining up on the right side of the field last year. The combination could play on opposite sides and both be capable of handling the opposing teams top WR.
2) Financially it should be an attainable deal. At 31 and coming off two poor seasons he won't command top dollar on the open market and interest will be limited to teams that primarily play a lot of press man coverage, such as the Saints or Jets. He is also already getting 4.5 million from the Eagles this season in addition to the 21 million in guaranteed money he's collected since signing his contract. While you can never underestimate a players greed, Nnamdi will likely feel a lot more comfortable settling for his market value of around 7-8 million a year knowing that he has the extra cash flowing in from Philidelphia. It would be a pretty large sum of money invested in the secondary, but if you can give the pass rush an extra half second to get to the QB of be able to dial up some Rex Ryan esq blitzes it would be well worth the extra 2-3 million a year over the typical price tag for a starting CB. It would also give some freedom to try Aaron Williams out at safety where he has always been an ideal fit.
3) When Oakland was a poor team and essentially ignored by the national media Nnamdi flew under the radar as one of the best defensive players in the game. When he became a FA and signed a massive contract on the "Dream Team" he was thrust into the national spotlight and he collapsed under the pressure. If he signs on with the Jets or Saints, he will once again find himself under the microscope. Everytime he gets beat he will have the pleasure of seeing it over on Sportscenter monday morning. If he signs on with Buffalo, goons like Mark Schlereth and Merril Hodge will forget about him, stop critiquing is every move, and go back to talking about Dallas and Tim Tebow while Nnamdi can go back to just playing football. If Buffalo starts winning, he gets praised. If they struggle he isn't portrayed as the worst CB in football every week on NFL live. It's a win-win for him.
What do you think Bills fans? Would you want Nnamdi? Will the Bills target him? Could they convince him to come to Buffalo? Is 7-8 million/year an accurate evaluation?